31 Things to do in Connecticut this November Last Updated 10/20

Looking for something to do in Connecticut in November? Even with all the COVID-19 safety restrictions, there is still so much to see and do! Whether you want something active or relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, historic or trendy, Connecticut's got you covered. We've even got a few ideas for honoring Veteran's Day on the 11th. Here are some highlights for November.

Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may change due to COVID-19.

For even more ideas, check out CTvisit.com, where you can search by type of activity under the “DO” navigation tab, or browse articles full of ideas under the “IDEAS” tab.

Active & Outdoor Adventures

1. Get your steps in. Head to Mattabesett Trail or Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union and take a hike this fall. Peak foliage in the southern half of the state is expected through mid-November. Or check out any of these social distance-friendly hikes!

2. Zip through the trees. Weave your way through the different trails of the “aerial forest park” at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, or at The Adventure Park at Storrs before they close for the season.

3. Embark on a drive. Take in fall foliage at its peak when you go on a scenic drive through New Haven and Fairfield counties.

4. Paddle around. On-the-water adventure isn't just for summer! Grab a rental at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak or Black Hall Outfitters in Old Lyme and Westbrook for a day of active exploration.


Arts & Culture

5. Appreciate the arts. Spend some time inside admiring art. Attend "Expanding Horizons: Celebrating 20 Years of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection" at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. Or, explore outdoor art exhibits like the Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk at Riverfront in Hartford.

6. Celebrate Literature. Did you know Connecticut is home to literary landmarks? Visit the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, the Noah Webster House in West Hartford, or follow the Wallace Stevens Walk.

7. Snap mural photos. Go on the hunt for your next Instagram post with these very photo-worthy outdoor murals found all over the state!


Food & Drink Adventures

8. Experience a foodie tour. Follow the pizzachocolate, or chowder trails.

9. Enjoy seasonal hard cider. Fall's the season for fresh pressed cider, so plan a visit to one of Connecticut’s hard cider destinations like Hogan's Cider Mill in Burlington, Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms in East Haddam, Spoke + Spy Ciderworks in Middletown,  and Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery in Guilford.

10. Bring the farm to your table. Visit Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling, Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard in Granby or Maple Bank Farm in Roxbury to get fresh produce and meat for your Thanksgiving feast.

11. Chow down on chowder. As the weather gets colder, nothing's better than a hot cup of savory soup! Sample Connecticut's best at these chowder houses.

12. Sip new brews. Oktoberfest is at Urban Lodge in Manchester and Housatonic River Brewing in New Milford. Try some seasonally brews at Two Roads in Stratford and Beer'd Brewing in Stonington.

13. Put your pinkies up at tea. Rid yourself of the late fall cold with a hot cup of tea at Alice in the Village in Mystic.

Family Fun

14. Visit a nature center. Check out animal exhibits, environmental programs, dioramas and more at Northwest Park & Nature Center in Windsor, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic and New Canaan Nature Center

15. Take a walk on the wild side. Come face-to-face with sloths, ocelots, tigers and more at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. If you want to meet some barnyard animals, visit the lovable sheep, pigs, goats, horses and more at Flamig Farm in West Simsbury.

16. Keep it corny. Ellsworth Farm Corn Maze stays open until late November, so you can keep having fall fun with the family!

17. Make it a day at the museum. Take a tour of kid-friendly museums like EverWonder Children's Museum in Newtown, The Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven, KidsPlay Children's Museum in Torrington, PEZ Vistor Center in Orange, or the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.

18. Stay indoors. Challenge yourself at the IT Adventure Ropes Course in New Haven, or test your problem-solving skills while channeling your possible ancestors at the Institute for American Indian Studies Wigwam Escape in Washington. And for those nonstop kids, try these high energy indoor activities.

19. Prolong the haunts. If you didn’t get the chance to celebrate Halloween, fear not! Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours in Mystic gives visitors the thrills they seek.

20. Celebrate Thanksgiving with local treats. Plan this year's feast Connecticut style! Round up the family and visit farms like Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling, Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard in Granby, Silverman's Farm in Easton, and Maple Bank Farm in Roxbury. Take home local produce, baked goods, and even turkeys (be sure to order ahead) for your Thanksgiving dinner!

21. Get into the holiday spirit. When the turkey is away, the holiday music shall play! Take the family on a road trip to these Connecticut towns with holiday spirit!

22. Pick your own tree. Put on your layers and head to Fairview Tree Farm in Shelton, Miller Tree Farm in Durham, or Angevine Farm in Warren, to chop or choose this year’s perfect tree.

Rest & Relaxation

23. Treat yourself. The Spa at Norwich Inn offers a variety of spa packages to relieve tention and help ease you into the holiday season.

24. Discover small-town charm. Find autumn appeal when you stroll, shop, dine and stay in any of these picturesque towns.

25. Find some zen. When holiday stress rolls in, realign your mind, body and spirit at Still Waters Retreat in Voluntown and Salt of the Earth Therapeudic Spa in Woodbury. Or seek bliss through solo self-care travel across Connecticut.

26. Go holiday shopping. Find the perfect gifts for family and friends in Connecticut's favorite shopping towns. You can even make a day of it!

Romantic Escapes

27. Take a romantic retreat. Between the changing leaves, crisp air and roaring fireplaces—fall is the perfect time for a weekend away to unplug and reconnect with your significant other. Essex, Madison and Wethersfield are just a few of Connecticut’s historic and charming towns that offer a perfect fall getaway for you and that special someone.

28. Find a new date spot. Whether you’re going on a first date or celebrating a special occasion, some of the best date spots in Connecticut are right around the corner.   

29. Look for lights. When the holiday season arrives, thousands of beautiful lights are displayed in towns across the state. Follow them to find some early holiday cheer!

30. Cozy up by the fire. Indulge in a fireside meal and the warm atmospheres of Connecticut’s many restaurants with fireside dining

Veterans Day

31. Honor military veterans. This Veterans Day, honor the men and woman who have served our country by visiting the West Haven Veteran's Museum and Learning Center or the Greater Middletown Military Museum. Mohegan Sun hosts the annual Vets Rock, an event dedicated to active duty military, veterans and reserve.